Preserving the Big Picture

Maintaining Historic Masonry and Wooden Buildings

October 8th – 9th, 2015


Mark Liebman

Sometimes, even the strongest buildings need some TLC.  Mark Liebman, an expert in the field of investigative restoration and Senior Forensic Investigator for CASE Forensics, will give a presentation on Thursday, October 8 on how our heritage buildings were constructed, what materials were used and how using time-tested maintenance and repair methodologies are often the best solution.  He will explore the means and methods of construction of traditional masonry and wooden structures, the causes of structural and material deterioration and how to best address and repair the resultant damage.  Liebman will address issues concerning sustainability, nondestructive investigative techniques and the value of preservation.

Following the lecture, Liebman will give an on-site presentation at the Genesee building downtown (which is limited to 20 people) on Friday, October 9.  This “hands-on” portion of the workshop will allow Liebman to demonstrate how one looks at a historic building, how to analyze the building envelope for signs of material degradation and structure distress and how to assess the interior of a building, as well.

Mark Liebman has provided forensic investigation and restoration consulting services for historic and contemporary structures for the past 22 years. His expertise includes knowledge of state-of-practice, non-destructive investigation techniques, such as ground penetrating radar, ultrasonics, infrared, vibration monitoring / analysis, and drill resistance for wood and stone. His formal training is in physics and material science, with field experience complimented by an extensive background in the laboratory.

Whether you’re a do-it-yourselfer, lover of architecture, mason, consultant, contractor, we hope to share a few ideas and insights that will guide your conservation, preservation or restoration efforts and ensure your historic assets are maintained for future generations.


AIA CES credits available for these workshops; please e-mail Katherine at AIA Spokane for more information.

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Maintaining Historic Masonry and Wooden Buildings Presentation (lecture)

Where: Council Chambers, Lower Level of City Hall, 808 W Spokane Falls Blvd.

When: Thursday, October 8 (5:00 pm – 7:00 pm)

Cost: Free!

# of Attendees: ~150

AIA Credit Hours: 2

To register for this event click here!





 Unraveling 123 Years of Wear and Tear on a Masonry Building (on-site presentation)

Class Full

Where:  Genesee Building, 819 W Riverside Ave.

When:  Friday, October 9 (9:00 am – 11:00 am)

Cost:  Free!

# of Attendees:  Limited to 20 people

AIA Credit Hours: 2

To register for this event click here!







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This workshop is proudly presented by a joint effort between the Historic Preservation Office for the City/County of Spokane, Spokane Preservation Advocates and AIA Spokane.